Of course, the lion and the cheetah are big cats, just like the tiger, but what the headline writer wants us to understand is 'Tiger's not a lying cheater' (it's been alleged that he was cheating on his wife with an 'events planner'). The animal theme is continued in the sub-headline. An ape is an animal such as a chimpanzee or gorilla, but the expression 'to go ape' means to become very angry (or mad as they say in the US).
Apparently, Woods' wife smashed the car window with a golf club—supposedly to rescue her 'semi-conscious' husband. This is an excuse for a golfing pun since the car was a Cadillac (nickname Caddy), and a caddy is a person who carries a golfer's clubs around the course. Are you still with me?
Another golf pun appears in this headline:
Here the word 'birdie' is used with a double meaning. A birdie in golf is a score on an individual hole that is one stroke below par. But birdie is also the diminutive of 'bird'—a slang term for a young woman.
Let me know if you come across any more Tiger puns.
COMMENTARY The cartoon shows Woods playing a game of crazy golf. The ball has the word 'image' written on it— clearly a reference to Tiger Woods' clean-cut image, which has probably been irreparably damaged by the affair (Tigergate?) The crazy golf course features various elements from the story: the angry, golf club-wielding wife, the alleged mistress/lover (represented by an alluring leg), the tree, the fire hydrant, the car (a Cadillac SUV), and the policeman (Woods has cancelled three interviews with the police about the accident). The caption is a play on words: crazy golf (the game) and crazy golf (a comment on the whole affair).
COMMENTS It will be interesting to see how this story will affect the Tiger Woods brand and his marketability. His previously 'perfect' image has certainly been dealt a serious blow. The other question is will his golfing game suffer? What is certain is that this story will run and run.
The Wall Street Journal leads with Iran's plan to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants. Full story >>
VOCABULARY A standoff (also stand-off) is a situation in which neither of two opposing groups or forces will make a move until the other one does something, so nothing can happen until one of them gives way. • A 26-year-old man armed with a knife and was arrested Friday night after a six-hour standoff with police.
One year on, The Daily Mail reports that Mark has successfully completed his challenge and plans to carry on:
A man who lived for a year without spending any money said today that it has been the happiest time of his life and he intends to continue.
Mark Boyle, 30, has lived for the past 12 months as a true 'freeconomist', leading a self-sufficient lifestyle in a caravan in Timsbury, near Bath, growing his own food and reusing junk that people have thrown away.
He says he has not spent a penny and has become a happier person, and today pledged to continue living without cash.
He cycles everywhere, his phone only takes incoming calls, he has solar-powered showers and cleans his teeth with toothpaste made from washed-up cuttlefish bones.
He either grows or forages for his food and gets his clothes from bins or from the Freecycle website.
Mr Boyle, an Irish-born economics graduate and former businessman, blogs online about his life using a solar-powered laptop on wi-fi time he earns in return for carrying out odd jobs on a local farm. Full story >>
COMMENT That sort of lifestyle might be possible for a single man, but I don't think it would be feasible for a family. And if the consumer society didn't produce so much rubbish, Mark would have had a much harder time of it. Still, the way things are going, we may all have to become freeconomists in the future.
The Sunday Times says parents will be vetted for criminal records if they wish to accompany their children to school Christmas carol services over the festive period. Full story >>
VOCABULARY If someone is vetted, they are investigated fully before being given a particular job, role, or position, especially one which involves political or military secrets. • The rogue policeman who killed five British soldiers had never been vetted by the Afghan authorities.
WHAT I THOUGHT Love him or hate him, Michael Moore's films are always very watchable, and Capitalism is no exception. However, if you've been following the news (or reading this blog!) over the past year and a half, you probably won't learn much which is new. (One thing I didn't know was that major US companies such as Wal-Mart routinely take out life insurance policies on their employees, standing to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars if they die. They call this "dead peasants insurance".) And the film concentrates almost exclusively on the US—you wouldn't think the rest of the world had been affected by the crisis. As usual, there's some great archive footage—the section on Ronald Reagan is probably worth the price of admission alone.
This cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times refers to Dubai's debt crisis. We see an Arab man sitting on the ground begging. Beside him is a sign which reads "26 wives & 58 kids to support. Please give generously". In the background, we can see Dubai's skyscrapers in varying states of construction.
COMMENTARY Normally a beggar's sign would say something like 'Wife and kids to support'. The joke is based on the common stereotype of the Arab man having many wives and children. However, according to Wikipedia, Islam allows men to have up to four wives at a time, so 26 is something of an exaggeration.
VOCABULARY 1. A landslide is an election victory in which a person or political party gets far more seats than their opponents. • Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema vowed Sunday that he would win the presidential election set for November 29 by a landslide. 2. Tories is another word for the UK Conservative Party.